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 Shirley Hofmann

Inuit meets Euphonium

Nanook of the North became an instant worldwide success and cult movie. Since then, we’ve had a "Nanook" hit single, a famous chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream bar called the Eskimo Pie, a band called "Nanook of the North" and, of course, the well-known Frank Zappa song "Nanook Rubs It."

In 1920, Robert J. Flaherty shot the first major documentary film in the history of cinema in the region north of Hudson Bay. For more than a year, he filmed the life of an Inuit family, focusing on their capacity to adapt, their survival instinct, their joyfulness, their daily courage and their innate nobility. Experts agree that Flaherty, with his dynamic camera shooting and keen sense of observation basically invented the documentary genre. To this day, Nanook has not lost any of its power to fascinate. On the contrary, in the face of global warming this film has become even more pertinent.

Shirley Hofmann combines her instrumental "universe" (euphonium, pocket trumpet, tuba, accordion and voice with live sampling techniques and brings a new and ingenious dimension to Flaherty’s unforgettable images; songs, improvisation, humour, naivety and love of life, harmonize perfectly with the filmmaker’s vision.

A musical and cinematographical happening!